Santa Anna's Early Life, 1794–1823
You, standing, Cruz, thirteen years old, on the edge of life.
You, green eyes, thin arms, hair coppered by the sun. You,
friend of a forgotten mulatto.
You will be the world's name. You will hear Lunero's call.
You engage the infinite depthless freshness of the universe.
You will hear the clang of mule-shoes. In you the earth and
the stars touch.
Carlos Fuentes, The Death of Artemio Cruz